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Art:  Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

Posted by Kim Knauer on May 9, 2017 12:53:41 PM

We all know that art is a great way to express creativity. There is something very liberating about using colors, shapes and patterns to show how we are feeling or to depict our own personality. What people do not always realize is how important art can be in developing problem solving skills and abilities.  

The beauty of art is that its possibilities are limitless; art can be anything and everything, and that is what can make art feel overwhelming at times. When you have a wonderful idea for something you would like to make, the next logical step is to figure out how to make it. Within each art form there are several decisions that need to be made as the artist progresses through the piece. There are multiple materials and techniques that the artist can explore to see which produces the results that are truest to his creative vision. The growth and confidence that comes from creative thinking and problem solving is incredibly important and translates easily into other parts of learning and everyday life. Having the ability to step back from a problem, examine it, explore options and find the best resolution serves us well throughout life.  

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Topics: Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, art

Boxes Without Borders - Making Technology Accessible

Posted by Jared Hamilton on Jul 27, 2016 9:12:22 AM


In the IT field, an organization’s collection of computers, infrastructure equipment, and software is often referred to as an “environment”. However, in my own thinking process, it sometimes helps me to envision it as a box or collection of boxes, as this approach helps me to select the right equipment and software for our students.  Each box in your collection contains tools that can hold, process, and/or communicate some data.  That data, for example, could be pictures from the last field trip, grades, or GPS data on the wildlife roaming nearby campus.  Each box has its own limits of what you can and can’t do based on the nature of the box, in other words, what tools the box has built inside it and what can they be used to do.

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Topics: Technology, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, 3D Printing

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